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A trail cam in Primorye, Russia, picks up a parade of animals. After you see them, you’ll probably agree that hikers would definitely want to avoid them! However, cat and animal lovers will find it a joy to see them from a safe distance.

The Primorye territory shares borders with China and North Korea in the Russian Far East. Here, there are rugged forested mountain ranges running along the coastlines. Unlike the colder areas of Siberia, both flora and fauna are highly diverse here. And, among the animals are two of the rarest cats in the world. 

Amur leopard

Amur Leopard in the Colchester Zoo by Keven Law via Wikimedia Commmons

At the trail cam site, there are populations of two rare cats: the Amur tiger and the Amur leopard. Today, these extremely rare big cats mostly take refuge in “Land of the Leopard” National Park and the Komissarovsky nature preserve.

Amur tiger

Amur Tiger by Varnav via Wikimedia Commons

Trail Cam Picks Up Tigers, Leopards, and Bears

Incredibly, the trail cam video posted to Instagram features three apex predators. In the caption, they note eight different species in all. How many do you count?

Here’s a list of what these animals appear to be (taking our best guess):

  • Very curious Siberian tiger
  • Amur Leopard 
  • Three East Siberian brown bear
  • Birds, possibly Eurasian jay, black woodpecker
  • Russian Squirrel
  • Two types of deer (possibly Roe and Siberian musk deer)

Note: The black woodpecker makes a loud sound.

Below you can see the same video posted to YouTube:

People React to the Russian Trail Cam Video

Meanwhile, the video was also posted to Reddit, where it inspired over 1.7K comments. After seeing it, many people imagined what it would be like to visit this wild location.

“They all know this the chill-out spot. 😂” said one person.

“I’d be nervous to get my camera or nervous after I grabbed it and watched,” said another person.

“I thought the tiger was gonna eat the camera😂,” remarked someone else.

Amur leopard, Russia

Amur Leopard via YouTube

Animals Roaming the Way They Should

On the other hand, an observer said, “It’s just so beautiful seeing them roaming the way they should.” 

Truly, it’s beautiful seeing these rare animals enjoying the natural world. In this relatively remote area, they are protected, and able to live free. As with most of the world today, big cats face threats from poachers and are losing their territories more and more. For anybody who loves animals, it’s plain that the world needs more protected areas for our spectacular big cats, and all wildlife.

Below, you can see more wildlife in the Land of the Leopard National Park below:

Video by Saga Creativa:

Featured image: Screenshots via YouTube

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